Virginia History for Kids

This is a non-fiction list.

Give Me Liberty

By L.M. Elliott

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Follows the life of thirteen-year-old Nathaniel Dunn, from May 1774 to December 1775, as he serves his indentureship with a music teacher in Williamsburg, Virginia, and witnesses the growing rift between patriots and loyalists, culminating in the American Revolution.

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Projects about Plantation Life

By Marian Broida

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Presents information about life in Virginia, South Carolina, and Mississippi between 1770 and 1860 and provides instructions for making such related projects as a Commonplace book, a folk remedy for colds, a recipe for Hoppin' John, and a girls' game called Graces.
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Life of the Powhatan

By Rebecca Sjonger & Bobbie Kalman

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Discusses the Powhatan, their daily activities, customs, family life, religion, and the story of Pocahontas.

 

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John Smith Escapes Again!

By Rosalyn Schanzer

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Long before Harry Houdini thrilled the world with his impossible deeds, America had produced an escape artist whose biography reads like an adventure novel. Many readers will know John Smith as the man rescued from death by Pocahontas, but Smith's story included a series of fantastic episodes: escape from imprisonment, ambush by Indians, attacks by ruthless sea pirates, and more escapades than seem possible in one life.
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The Story of Pocahontas

By Caryn Jenner

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Examines the life of the Indian princess Pocahontas and her contact with English settlers, especially John Smith.
A level 2 reader.
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Pocahontas: Princess of the New World

By Kathleen Krull

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She was the favored daughter of the Chief of the Powhatan Indians, and a girl in motion; always laughing, teasing, and dancing. But from the moment John Smith and the colonists of Jamestown set foot into her world in 1607, her life would change forever. She soon became an ambassador and peace keeper between the Powhatan and the colonists. Because of her curiosity and courage, Pocahontas became the bridge between the two worlds.
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Jim Limber Davis: A Black Orphan in the Confederate White House

By Rickey Pittman

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Based on a true story. Jim Limber Davis was rescued from an abusive guardian by Varina Davis when he was only five years old. Jefferson and Varina Davis welcomed him into their home, the Confederate White House, as one of the family, and Jim lived with them until the fall of the Confederacy.

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Virginia Bound

By Amy Butler

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Thirteen-year-old orphaned beggar Rob Brackett is kidnapped from the streets of London and taken to the New World for a cruel tobacco farmer master, who also owns a Pamunkey Indian girl named Mattoume.

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Blackbeard's Last Fight

By Eric Kimmel

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In 1718, off the coast of North Carolina, a young cabin boy assists in the final capture and execution of Blackbeard the pirate.

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Blood on the River: James Town, 1607

By Elisa Carbone

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Traveling to the New World in 1606 as the page to Captain John Smith, twelve-year-old orphan Samuel Collier settles in the new colony of James Town, where he must quickly learn to distinguish between friend and foe.

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